“Do you speak English?”Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock
Chances are someone at the customs desk knows basic English, unless you’re traveling to a remote country. Still, “certain phrases are helpful especially for immigration and customs officials where clarity is crucial,” says Sharon Schweitzer, international protocol expert and founder of Protocol & Etiqutte Worldwide. Ones to know: “Do you speak English?” and “I have nothing to declare in my baggage, no fruit or vegetables.” Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country? Here are Spanish phrases everyone should know.
“Does this have nuts, eggs, sugar, or gluten?”Syda Productions/Shutterstock
If you have a food allergy, it’s vital that you know the specific words to describe what you’re allergic too, says Schweitzer. Simple phrases can save your life, such as: “Does this have nuts, eggs, sugar, gluten?” and “I am allergic to _________.”